I grew up in the Midwest. We had all 4 seasons. Summer is my favorite, if I’m being real. However, there’s positive traits and special moments in every season. I feel like the summer positives are obvious – sunshine, beach parties, flip flops. Springtime brings a wonderful sense of renewal as if the earth has just woken up from hibernation. Fall brings beautiful colors and those wonderful days where it’s cold enough for a hoodie but warm enough to skip the jacket. Then, there’s winter. Winter is most magical the first few times it snows. The blanket of white covering everything and bedazzling the leafless trees is my favorite part of snow. The only problem I have with winter is that it seems to last way too long. It’s too cold to do a lot outside and, especially where we live, it gets windy sometimes and cold + wind is just the worst combination. Continue reading “10 Winter Friendly Family Activities”
When your couple becomes a trio for the first time, things change quickly. Routines change. Your surroundings change. Your schedules change. Suddenly, one parent is thrust into a role that they didn’t realize came with that tiny, adorable human being. This role is deemed “family manager”. Somebody has to keep all your ducklings in a row. Someone needs to make sure each family member’s needs are met, appointments get scheduled, the household continues to run, and the baby stays alive. In my home, I’ve assumed this role. I think this role is often taken on by whomever is more instinctively inclined to take it on. Our brains are just better wired to worry about all of these things and see the bigger picture, while our partners are more inclined to focus on one thing at a time. Even if your partner is incredibly helpful, there’s still one of you that generally keeps the train moving. Continue reading “How To Be A Leader In Your Family”
I have written before about how organization can help save you time in the long run. When things are organized, they’re easy to find and you’re better able to keep inventory of the items in your home. I cannot even tell you how much time I used to spend trying to find random items that I knew I “had around here somewhere” with no idea where. Continue reading “6 Steps To Organize Anything”
Planning out your days is the best way to get the most out of it. If you are reaching for a goal, or just have lots to knock off your to-do list, planning can help you work most effectively. It’s easy to tell you to plan out your day, but how should you start? What do you need to consider? There are several things to consider as you plan your days to help you work most effectively. I’ll do a quick outline of the top 5 things to consider when you’re planning how to use your day.
We all have goals, don’t we? Whether it’s to become the senior executive at our corporation or to build a following of our parenting blog, our goals can seem difficult to reach. When we look at our lofty goals like this, we don’t know where to start or what the journey will look like. We feel overwhelmed by our dreams and limited by our beliefs of our ability to achieve them. Additionally, if we are surrounded with people content in their current situation without goals for improvement, it’s hard to find the motivation to keep working towards our own. Continue reading “10 Ways to Build Momentum In Your Life”
Warning: There is minor talk of blood and periods in this post.
I always thought miscarriage was a devastating thing. I always felt so sad for anyone brave enough to confide in me that they’ve had a miscarriage. I never knew what to do or say to them. What do you say when someone has lost a child they never got to meet? There aren’t words… Continue reading “Dealing With Miscarriage”
As I’ve mentioned in many of my posts, self-care is pivotal to maintaining your cool as a parent. You need to take care of yourself because you are worth it. Yes, your family’s needs are important, but so are yours. You need to fuel yourself before you can help fuel others. The beauty of self-care is that it doesn’t have to be extravagant or big. It can be little things like enjoying a favorite beverage or sitting in the sun. Continue reading “45 Self-Care Ideas”
When you go looking for parenting advice, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. It’s easy to get bogged down comparing yourself to other parents. Some parents seem to have it all together. But, just remember that everyone has their struggles.
During the month of October, I’ve been participating in a self-care challenge. The idea is to get 30 minutes of self-care in every day. One of the suggestions for self-care was to do a gratitude journal. I was challenged to write down 15 things that I’m grateful for in my life. Continue reading “15 Pieces of Gratitude”